Henry Hope, Esq.r of Amsterdam.
Published Jan.y 1.st 1788, by John & Josiah Boydell, No.90, Cheapside London.
Mezzotint with very large margins. Plate 406 x 292mm (16 x 11½").
Portrait of Boston-born Henry Hope (1735-1811), merchant and partner in the Amsterdam-based Hope & Co. He settled in England in 1794 and then lived in Harley Street. Text from 'Gainsborough and Reynolds in the BM', BM 1984 cat.154: "The Hopes, descended from a Scotch family which settled in Holland in the seventeenth century, were bankers in Amsterdam. By the middle of the eighteenth century, they had become the greatest financiers in Europe. Henry Hope (1736-1811) was the head of the family. In the notes that he made of a journey to Holland in 1781 Reynolds records frequent visits to his collection "acknowledged to be the first in Amsterdam". The portrait by Reynolds from which this is taken, with a prominent Turkish rug symbolising Hope's riches and the reach of his business, is now lost.
CS 17. Hamilton p.38. NPG: D35972.
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